St. Paul shop caught with smoking gum

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 27, 2012 - 12:21 AM

Inspector warns Lynden's about three-year-old ordinance outlawing sales of tobacco-themed treats.

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RossbergDec. 26, 12 1:54 PM

Obviously, candy cigarettes are a gateway confection which will eventually lead to a serious addiction to hard-core substances like Milky Ways or Hersheys so it's best that the do-gooders stamp out the wayward behavior now. Otherwise before you know it hooked kids who are oddly dressed will be showing up on our doorsteps every year begging for a candy "fix".

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djsavengerDec. 26, 12 1:58 PM

They had better stop selling ginger ale too...might lead to alcoholism.....

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mnmaggiemnDec. 26, 12 1:58 PM

But real cigarettes that kill people are perfectly legal? Are you kidding me?

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mnmaggiemnDec. 26, 12 1:59 PM

@Broonie@ Candy didnt make you smoke, personal responsibility.

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jarlmnDec. 26, 12 1:59 PM

I usta particularly love the bubblegum cigars ... mainly because you could just break-off a big chew without unwrapping a bunch of paper for every little bit. Never did pick-up the smoking habit... there must be something wrong with me. As to the vaunted "future leaders" who came up with this harebrained law, I'll bet you anything that it was a do-gooder teacher or some other adult "activist" who put them up to it. With all the liberal indoctrination pushed in today's schools, I fear where our future "leaders" will lead us.

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hevans32Dec. 26, 12 2:01 PM

I remember these items when I was a kid. I grew up with these things. I loved the candy cigarettes, bubble gum cigars and Licorice Pipes!! I am a non-smoker, grew up not smoking and never had the desire to smoke. I don't believe these items are the cause of people smoking. Lack of parental guidance, ignorance and peer pressure are more likely the cause of smoking!

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acctsah2Dec. 26, 12 2:02 PM

"But real cigarettes that kill people are perfectly legal? Are you kidding me?" --- And that was my next point. Why doesn't the City of St. Paul also ban the sale of cigarettes within the city? The obvious answer is the amount of taxes collected from cigarette sales is way to high to ban. Candy cigarette tax money....way to low.

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boris123Dec. 26, 12 2:03 PM

"It is against the law in St.Paul to smoke candy cigs, but not against the law to smoke the real thing. I dont get it.">>>>>>> Just to clarify the confusion and the irony here, candy cigs cannot actually be smoked. Maybe that's why candy cigs are outlawed.

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ihave2beniceDec. 26, 12 2:09 PM

Do you ever get the feeling that common sense has left the building. I guess the candy cigarette companies aren't lobbing/contributing enough to the right political candidates/parties.

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mnmaggiemnDec. 26, 12 2:09 PM

No matter where we go there will always be something that bothers someone. I know daily I see something that I dont want my kid to see, hear some music in the store my daughter may not be mature enough for etc, I dont complain or call enforcement in on it, I just understand we live in a free country

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